Projects at think[box]

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Hedgemon January 19, 2017

Hedgemon, LLC is a biomimicry start-up developing hedgehog-inspired impact protection technology for concussion prevention.

Contact: Nathan Swift - nate@hedgemon.net

CrystalE - Energy Harvesting Sensor Network January 19, 2017

Description: This innovation in hassle-free building sensor networks will allow facilities to implement HVAC and other sensor networks without the up-front cost of wired sensor networks and yet without the recurring cost of batteries conventionally used in these types of systems. A mechanical energy harvester powers an ASIC sensor, both designed by Dr. Phillip Feng's research group. The information and power is fed to an existing ultra low-power 200 microwatt transmitter. The resulting system is cheaper and longer-lasting than competitive products on the market today.

Contact:
Xuqian Zheng - xxz331@case.edu
Dr Phillip Feng - philip.feng@case.edu
Dr Max Wang - zenghui.wang@case.edu

Hovercraft January 19, 2017

The goal of this design project was to design and build a steerable hovercraft capable of transporting a 200 pound person at speeds of 10 mph or greater.

Contact: Calin Solomon - ccs76@case.edu

WES Debit Payment System January 19, 2017

WES is a new debit payment system that lets you pay for purchases in under 3 seconds. Compared with traditional credit card procesing systems, this means as many as ten transactions can be processed in the time it usually takes to process just one. In this system, the balance is stored on the WES card to speed up transaction time by avoiding the need for the vendor's transaction terminal to contact a centralized server. An encryption handshake scheme is used to prevent tampering with account balances.

Contact: Roy Chan - rsc82@case.edu

Tubercle Blades for Wind Turbine Efficiency January 19, 2017

Researchers added tubercles to the leading edge of wind turbine blades for a 4.8% increase in lift-to-drag ratio. This increase in performance is expected to translate into increased energy output versus conventional blades. After successful computer simulations, the researchers used the ShopBot CNC table router to machine a fiberglass mold out of machinable wax. These blade prototypes will be tested in a local wind tunnel facility to verify the increased performance seen in simulation.

Contact: Jiale Li - jxl780@case.edu

12 Pound Competition Robot January 19, 2017
 

This 12 pound "hobbyweight" battling robot took first place at the 2016 "Battle at the Parkway" competition at the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The robot was designed using an UHMW plastic body machined on the ShopBot CNC table router at think[box].

 

Contact:

Michael Connerton - connertonm@gmail.com

Trapped! Escape Room November 15, 2016

From Pirate Tavern tables, to bank vaults, to unique gift card holders, think[box] has allowed Trapped! Escape Room to build numerous unique creations. Using the resources within think[box], game designer Geoff Bigler has brought to life a variety of puzzles, prototypes, and props for Cleveland's first escape room. With the help of think[box], Trapped! Escape Room provides unique live, interactive gaming experiences for the community.

Contact:

www.trappedcle.com

3D Reconstruction of 2D Ophthalmic Ultrasound Images November 9, 2016

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals are working on commercializing a new device that converts two dimensional ophthalmic ultrasound images into three dimensional models. They used think[box] to 3D print components for positioning the device in front of the eye.

Contact:

Faruk Orge, MD
Richard Helms, PhD - rxh303@case.edu

Switchifi November 9, 2016

Switchifi is a budget DIY device for remotely flipping an existing wall switch on or off as part of the Internet of Things. An Arduino Nano controls a small servo that moves the switch based on instructions issued over wifi from a smartphone with the Blynk app. The components were soldered together in the Electronics Area and the housing was 3D printed on the Makerbots in think[box]. You can find instructions on how to make your own on Instructables.

Contact:

Badar Jahangir Kayani - bxk299@case.edu

Yellowcake Fashion Visors October 18, 2016

These fashion-forward leather visors were made for the fifth annual Hullabaloo - "A fashion event of fantastically colorful proportions" put on by local contemporary clothing company Yellowcake as a fundraiser for the Cleveland Food Bank. The laser cutter at think[box] made quick work of the garment, rapidly prototyping visors from patterns traditionally cut with hand tools.

Contact:

www.doyoubaloo.com
www.yellowcakeshop.com